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“The first lady of Western Australian television” deserves that honour on so many levels. Not only is Coralie the grande dame of WA theatre, being a playwright, composer, actor, producer and director of not only stage productions, but also kick started local television production in WA. Coralie Condon “The first lady of Western Australian television” […]

Tribute to Gerry Bahen (1929 – 2012)

Posted by ken On April - 30 - 2012

Tribute to Gerry Bahen (1929 – 2012) Jocelyn and Bret Treasure advised us of some very sad news last week, but also recounted some wonderful memories. It was a week in which the ANZAC Day Derby Cup football match between the South Fremantle Bulldogs and East Fremantle Sharks proved a real dampener, when play was […]

Tribute to Garry Meadows (1939 – 1982)

Posted by ken On April - 15 - 2012

Tribute to Garry Meadows who passed away on Thursday, July 22nd, 1982. Garry had an early involvement with the stage appearing at the Patch, Repertory and Playhouse Theatres. One occasion was in 1957 when Sol Sainken produced a play titled ‘Small Hotel’ by Rex Frost, which starred Garry Meadows and Frank Baden-Powell at the Playhouse. […]

Bill McKenzie filled many key executive rolls at TVW and later become the first Managing Director of NEW-10 in Perth. 1959-1963 Joined TVW June 1959 and worked in Traffic, Programs & Publicity. 1963 Sydney Sales Manager TVW7 1964-1968 Film Manager TVW7 1968-1974 Assistant Station Manager TVW7 1974-1977 General Manager SAS 10 Adelaide 1978-1982 Group General […]

1965 Rottnest Island OB ends in drama

Posted by ken On March - 28 - 2012

1965 Rottnest Island IPT OB Mike Humphry has kindly provided us with a flashback to 1965 when TVW was producing the popular tonight style variety show called “In Perth Tonight” (IPT). It was based on Graham Kennedy’s “In Melbourne Tonight” (IMT) which commenced in 1957, one year after television was launched in Australia. Both IMT […]

Chronicling History with the TV News Camera

Posted by ken On February - 29 - 2012

Chronicling History with the TV News Camera Today’s News is tomorrow’s history and the television newsrooms are prolific documenters of what takes place each day, recording events and conveying them to the public. The news camera folk are capturing not only events of the period, but also creating time-capsule elements with each story reported. That’s […]

A cross nation telecommunications link was established before a sealed road Former Seven News Editor Stuart Joynt remembers many events. One being the sealing of the Eyre Highway. The WA component of the Eyre Highway The isolation of Perth was gradually being reduced by not only improved telecommunications links with the rest of the country […]

Pioneering Satellite TV Program Exchange

Posted by ken On January - 22 - 2012

The program begins by looking at some of the earliest arrivals on our planet with babies born around the world starting with Japan at 4:04am, then Denmark one hour before sunset at 8:06pm, next its 1:06pm in Mexico City, then 3,000 miles to the north at Edmonton in Canada where a Cree Indian baby is born, only four of some 1,800 born in the short time since the program began. … Participating broadcasting organisations included: Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC1) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) NHK (Japan) National Educational Television (NET) (USA) Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF) (France) Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)(Italy) Televisión Española (TVE) (Spain) Some of the locations included: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (Beatles’ segment) Glassboro, New Jersey, USA Parkes, New South Wales, Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Tokyo, Japan Toronto, Ontario, Canada Owing to language issues for Australians, interpreters translated the foreign commentaries for Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) announcers to provide an English voice-over where necessary.

John K. Watts – the “Know All” who became a legend

Posted by ken On January - 15 - 2012

John K. Watts – the “Know All” who became a legend Some people are only a legend in their mind, whereas John K. Watts became a true legend in his lifetime, based on his worthy sporting pursuits and his marvellously merry and humour filled persona. He didn’t let the truth get in the way of […]

The passing of Lady Sheila Cruthers

Posted by ken On January - 7 - 2012

The passing of Lady Sheila Cruthers Lady Sheila with Sir James Cruthers and part of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art Kerry Edwards/The West Australian © With sadness we report that Lady Sheila Cruthers, a passionate art collector and wife of Sir James Cruthers, who established Channel Seven in Perth, died on Friday 30 December […]


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